An all-new technology-packed 2019 BMW X5 will roll out later this year, as the X5 xDrive40i and the X5 xDrive50i. It doesn’t take a drastic departure from the current generation in terms of looks. The really big changes come in the cabin, along with new technology and available off-roading chops.
All-New BMW X5
The new X5 is lower, longer and wider than the current generation model, which makes it slightly roomier in the cabin and adds a bit of cargo space.
As far as looks go, subtle design tweaks include more sculpting, more pronounced wheel arches and headlights more in line to those on the X2 and X3. They are also adaptive and move in the direction the steering wheel is turned. In the back, all lights feature LED technology.
Nineteen-inch wheels are standard, with 20-inch ones on the M Sport model. If those aren’t big enough for you, 21- and 22-inch options available.
New Cabin Features
The cabin is where more notable changes take place. For one, BMW redesigned the X5’s shifter and Driving Experience Control switch. Even the climate-control knobs are new.
The main highlight in the cabin is BMW’s standard “Live Cockpit Professional” that features two new, huge, 12.3-inch digital displays. The seventh-gen iDrive infotainment system has new haptic feedback, with an advanced tablet-like touch controller, plus voice controls and gesture recognition. There are also optional glass controls for the transmission selector lever, the iDrive Controller, the start/stop button and the volume control button for the audio system.
A new Vernasca leather seating trim option is available for the X5’s standard heated seats (massage and ventilated seats are both optional.) Four-zone air conditioning system is also new, plus there is a bigger Panoramic sunroof (with a 30 percent more glass area.) Other new features include cooled cup holders in the center console and interactive lighting that flashes if a door is open while the car is running or to alert you to an incoming phone call.
You can equip the X5 with two rows or electric fold-and-slide third-row seats.
Available From December 2018
An optional 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System will be available from December. So, too, will an optional rear-seat entertainment professional system that comes with two 10.2-inch full-HD touchscreen displays, a Blu-ray-compatible DVD player, two USB ports, an HDMI socket and two headphone jacks. The system allows rear-seat passengers to access the navigation map and BMW ConnectedDrive services.
The X5 is no slouch in the powertrain department, as both engine options are turbocharged. A turbo 6-cylinder is good for 335 horsepower or a V-8 takes you up to 456-hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. An updated eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive come standard. Optional factory Remote Engine Start is also new for 2019. BMW also says a new ignition system allows the engine to be restarted more smoothly and swiftly when the Auto Start Stop function is activated.
New Off-Road Package
The X5 comes with the first-ever off-road package offered on an X-series vehicle. It features air suspension and new rear locking differential along with underbody protection.
It also comes with its own special drive mode button to designate gravel, sand, rocks or snow. The modes control things like ride height and stability control. The package is available on all variants.
Standard and Available Safety Features
Standard safety features include blind spot detection, forward-collision warning with a pedestrian and cyclist warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic warning, park distance control, and rear automatic emergency braking. Optional safety features include Back-Up Assistant, traffic jam assist (December 2018), lane-keeping assist, parking assistant plus (which parallel parks for you) and automatic lane change.
Emergency Stop Assistant Debuts
A new feature is called Emergency Stop Assistant is also making its debut. It’s designed for use if the driver becomes “incapacitated because of a medical emergency.” It’s activated by pulling the electric parking brake, which turns on the hazard lights and brings the vehicle to a stop. The system also automatically notifies the BMW Assist call center so emergency services can be alerted.
2019 X5 pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date in November.Tags: BMW X5